Going to Patagonia
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recommended Torres del PaineTorres del Paine is a gorgeous national park at the southern tip on Chile. It's all about hiking here, with well-marked paths with views of (or alongside) dramatic mountains, a huge glacier, a lake ... read moreand lots of rivers. There are several shelters within the park itself and camping is permitted too. The best time to go is during the summer months (November-March), when the climate is tolerable and the sun shines about 16-18 hours a day.Liza Prado
If you're headed to the Chilean patagonia, Torres del Paine is, without a doubt, it's crown jewel. Have fun!
recommended Puerto Montt and the Lake DistrictThe Chilean Lake District is a spectacular region dotted with emerald-colored lakes and snow-capped volcanoes--there are various tours in the region as well as a good ski resort. Puerto Montt is the ... read moregateway to the region. Travelers either stay here or in Puerto Varas, a nearby resort town with distinctly German architecture. If you're planning to head to Argentina's Patagoinia, consider taking the Lake Crossing Tour. It is a one-of-a-kind boat and bus trip that takes you from Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina. The trip crosses the Andes via several isolated roads and gorgeous lakes. The views are amazing. Tour operators on both ends offer the trip.Recommended for:Liza Prado
If you happen to be travelling between the two patagonias, this is a spectacular way to do it....
recommended Puerto MadrynPuerto Madryn is Argentina's Patagonian hub--the place to go if you're interested in seeing wildlife (e.g. whales, dolphins, sea elephants, penguins) and exploring the Valdez Peninsula. Tour guides ... read moreand organized excursions are very easy to find in this town--it's actually kind of hard to avoid them! The city's official website has a listing of all the tour operators and average pricing for typical outings too: www.madryn.gov.ar/turismo. (I can't remember the name of the guide company I used--sorry!)Liza Prado
If you want to see wildlife--ocean wildlife--in Argentina's patagonia, Puerto Madryn is a good place to base yourself. It's also a great place to find a guide to places on and off the beaten track.